Cancellation of the Israel trip because of Afghanistan

Both sides agreed that the Chancellor’s visit should be made up for at a later date, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Thursday. The decision was made in consultation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet.

The evacuation mission of the German armed forces in Afghanistan is due to end shortly due to the imminent withdrawal of the US armed forces from the airport and the growing threat of terrorism. For this reason and because of the increasing threat of terrorism, Merkel may have decided to cancel the visit.